This is the Hannibal thread elizardbits is talking about. I think it was the genesis of Whelk/t3lepath's MeFi/Hannibal crossover fic. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 6:11 AM on December 20, 2013
Crap, I can't find it but there was that great post/thread about the reclusive Japanese mathematician who is working on some incomprehensible proofs of something. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 9:37 AM on December 20, 2013
I just got a can of agave pickles (delicious!) and a gorgeous tea towel from katinka-katinka! So rad!
Also, quonsee, let me know when you get your thing because international shipping is scaaary. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 4:56 PM on December 11, 2013
[Note to self: improve handwriting/sign notes legibly :) ]
Oh man, my apologies! I put the card on my fridge and thought I remembered the name by the time I sat down to write you a thank-you memail/post in here, but nope!
The entire text of the confusing memail someone received the other day meant for you:
"Holy shit thank you! I love love love pickles and this tea towel is gorgeous!" posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 6:26 AM on December 13, 2013
Thank you so so much griphus. I fucking love them so much.
You are quite welcome! When I remembered you had mentioned your exact gauge size in a thread, it was kismet! posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 7:37 AM on December 16, 2013
...a delightful movie about Appalachian folk music!
Oooh, what is it called? posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 1:43 PM on December 19, 2013
I love that there was an FPP about every link in the third paragraph. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 6:30 AM on December 18, 2013
I remember reading part of a grad student's paper on a similar topic, where it discussed a widely-circulated photo of a smiling American soldier in Afghanistan standing behind a little Afghani kid who was holding up a piece of paper with English writing. There were two versions: one said (roughly) "Sgt. Whatever Saved My Life" and the other said "Sgt. Whatever Killed My Family." At least at the time when the paper was written, no one had any idea which was the real one. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 6:51 AM on December 18, 2013
it feels to like I'm saying "I think this comment should be deleted" and that seems like an extreme judgment that I'm almost never comfortable making
I sort of wish there was a "fuck you, that's why" flag that, unlike regular flags, didn't show up in the mod console until there's a critical mass of them. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 1:32 PM on December 11, 2013
Unless I am using tags for humorous purposes, I use general categorical terms: "videogames," "animals," "comics," and so on. If there is a relevant proper noun, that goes in as well. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 6:22 AM on December 6, 2013
Seriously, though, I once moved somewhere that didn't have "international" grocery stores and what is America doing with organ meats? posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 4:36 PM on December 3, 2013
On the other hand, I can confirm that there is, in fact, a dish that some people call "green borsht," which is made with sorrel.
Is that the same as shchi? My family made red borscht (which was called "borscht") and shchi was sometimes called "green borscht" and seen as a related dish. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 4:47 AM on December 4, 2013
I want to start a restaurant called "Offal, Crustaceans and Root Vegetables" and just have a signs in the window that say "AUTHENTIC ETHNIC CUISINE!" "LIKE MAMA USED TO MAKE!" and "COME AND HAVE A TASTE OF THE OLD COUNTRY!" but at no point clarify the ethnicity and have the menu items all just describe in literal and vague terms what the dish is (e.g. "boiled tongue in pepper sauce.") posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 6:44 AM on December 4, 2013
Also is "Jīdīng" a calque? posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 6:53 AM on December 4, 2013
Er, loanword, rather. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 6:54 AM on December 4, 2013
No, I actually recognized some of the food there from the dinner tables of my youth. NOT VAGUE ENOUGH.
Also what was it called because it was delicious and I want to go back. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 7:39 AM on December 4, 2013
Cloves, Tom Collins mix, frozen pie crust. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 8:42 AM on December 4, 2013
I do not envy anyone trying to catch an owl for dinner. That can go from "hunting" to "duel" to "running from a pissed-off owl" pretty quick. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 8:51 AM on December 4, 2013
I figure the bird which is god's wrath incarnate is one of those animals you better hope you hit with the first shot. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 9:07 AM on December 4, 2013
I'd like to think the admissions team stumbling across this MeTa is akin to someone finding one of the elaborately-arranged murder scenes in Hannibal: equal parts viscerally repelled and yet marveling in the ingenuity of what can emerge from the combination of disturbed imagination and a poor use of copious free time. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 10:18 AM on December 4, 2013
SoCal and Hawai'i
I was using Seamless -- the app/site in NYC (and possibly other places?) that lets you order takeout without having to talk to a human being -- and selected the "American" filter because I wanted a burger. The first option was "Aloha Teriyaki Grill," at which point I ended up having to do some prolonged and unexpected contemplation on cultural imperialism.
(Also, like just about every single East/Southeast Asian restaurant in my neighborhood except for the Pho places, "Aloha Teriyaki Grill" was almost definitely run by Chinese immigrants.) posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 10:48 AM on December 4, 2013
Oh man, Little Caesar's. That takes me back to high school and "well there's eight of us and we have two dollars apiece. It's a feast!" posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 12:29 PM on December 4, 2013
I've never had insect (on purpose) but based on their texture and the way they're cooked, I would assume you eat them by the handful like nuts or potato chips, right? posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 12:35 PM on December 4, 2013
...corn-product cheez-based puffs.
I know where to purchase both cheez powder, and citrus salt, which is the stuff on Sour Patch Kids.
Now where do I get fried bugs. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 12:46 PM on December 4, 2013
I'm thinking some variation on the Bloody Mary? Maybe a drink version of a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup?
Otherwise, it'd need to go with a non-sweet milk-based drink which, uh, I dunno, ayran and gin? That sounds awful, actually.
Or you can just go hella old school and rim some quarter water and throw a bit of vodka in there and call it the Junior High. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 1:02 PM on December 4, 2013
It was covered above but there's a few different variations on mom-and-pop pizza places in NYC, and their 'authenticity' is determined entirely by which one you've spent the most time eating and what it is you're expecting from pizza.
There's the fancy sit-down Pizza Restaurants like Grimaldi's or L&B's, some of which are new and some of which are old-school (or owned by old-school people.) I've noticed the newer ones tend to want to give people the Real New York... [more] posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 1:30 PM on December 4, 2013
Wow, I really like pizza apparently. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 1:33 PM on December 4, 2013
I remember watching that episode thinking I REALLY IDENTIFY WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.
If I didn't have elevated cholesterol and if eating pizza didn't cost me an extra ~$8 every time because I have to take between 16-24 Lactaid, I totally would. posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 1:36 PM on December 4, 2013
Is it possible to get pizza anchovies packaged in some resealable way that isn't that demonic little jar that just becomes an disgusting column of grease after you've opened it twice? posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 2:11 PM on December 4, 2013
They're tasty, though, especially since they're right next to the Echo and stay open late enough to get post-show slices.
Yeah, I always enjoyed their slices; I just haven't found myself in that neighborhood in a while and now I'm thinking of making the trip just to eat there.
They also had a restaurant in Park Slope that served (vaguely southern?) comfort food. Probably the single best Bloody Mary I have ever had was there.... [more] posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 2:24 PM on December 4, 2013
Papa was a luchador
Mama was a skate punk posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 3:17 PM on December 4, 2013
NYC AND LA
Dogs AND Cats
MASS HYSTERIA posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 7:20 PM on December 4, 2013
It is in the Obama MeTa, TWR posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 8:02 PM on December 4, 2013
Yeah I sat down with that book back when I wanted to learn Inform 7 and it looked like a really great guide to it.
Maybe we can establish some loose but common requirements to alleviate "terrifying big, blank, white canvas" brain-freeze...
I feel like that might stifle some creativity/discourage people who already have ideas or types of fiction within which they do their best writing, but I haven't administrated... [more] posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 9:49 AM on December 4, 2013
SHORT STORY is evolving!
Congratulations! Your SHORT STORY evolved into IF! posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 10:55 AM on December 4, 2013
Okay so if there's any demand for it when I make the January 1st post, I can provide a "include these randomly-selected tropes" list (or whatever) for people to work in along with the resources everyone is linking. When all the submissions come in at the end of February -- I can't imagine there's any use in trying to keep an entrant list -- we might even be able to split it into categories if there's enough entries. Obviously the nature of the categories will depend on what... [more] posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 5:05 PM on December 4, 2013
Oh and hey just to whet y'alls appetite for participating: corb just offered a cool fifty bucks (that's $50 USD) for "Best New Author" to be awarded to the best contributor who has never before written a game. How's that for incentive? posted to MetaTalk by griphusat 6:32 PM on December 4, 2013